Category Archives: Heritage of Chennai

Latest Google Maps Introduces Better Features and Navigation

Google today showcased the latest features in Google Maps at an event in Chennai. The session highlighted a range of tips and tricks to help people get around more easily including Multi-stop directions, Offline Maps, Search along route, Real-time traffic (including traffic alerts), Timeline and Local Guides among others.  Make sure to update your Google Maps to see the latest features.

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Sanket Gupta, Product Manager, Google Maps during the demo of the Google Map features

Addressing the media in Chennai, Sanket Gupta, Product Manager, Google Maps, said

Google Maps is not just about navigating from point A to B. Whether traveling for business or on holiday, with friends or family, Google Maps can help you plan your travel, explore your destination and keep you safe. Features like multi-stop directions, offline, search along route etc. can make your travel more exciting and hassle free.

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Chennaifocus Associates with Director Naga to Launch YouTube Channel “Mystic Traditions”

Chennaifocus Associates with Director Naga to Launch YouTube Channel “Mystic Traditions”

Mystic Traditions (MyTra) is the new initiative of Chennai Focus into the domain of video logging in other words Vlogging.   This product has come into being to satisfy our constant pursuit in bringing the power of professional videos to communicate and also use it effectively to explore the nuances and mysticism behind our culture and traditions, practices, and intentions behind it. It is a culmination of Experiment, Experience and Beliefs traversing the length and breadth of Science, Architecture, Ancient Wisdom, Archaeology and the list is endless. Such an attempt needs expertise and knowledge in the subject and also in scripting and film making and who else can it be than Director Naga to spearhead this initiative and take it to places we never had been with the right understanding.  Every initiative needs a catalyst to make it happen and we are happy to announce that Playwright  and Scriptwriter K.Vivekshankar has also joined us in providing multidimensional facet to our channel to explore more areas of application as we move forward. We thank him for his efforts in being instrumental in making our tiny thought into reality by doing all the ground work and taking over the administration and operations of our New YouTube channel MyTra.

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Exploring Music, Travel of a Different Kind

Music to me is a soul search to inner being travelling across different emotions of love, devotion and peace.  This post was triggered by a visit to a place outskirts of Chennai dedicated to Lord Sundareswarar located in Kovur near Kundrathur.  The temple dates back to 7th century evident by the construction, sculptures and inscriptions. The magnitude and beauty of the temple gopuram says it all.  What has this temple got to do with music must be the question in your mind now.  This temple has been instrumental in bringing out 5 beautiful compositions from the great music composer Saint Tygaraja.

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Travel: Thiruvalangadu, Serene Spiritual Space Near Chennai

Our experience travelling to Thiruvalangadu, a serene  Shiva temple located in the Thiruvallur to Thiruttani route.  Thiruvalangadu is a beautiful village retaining its old charm with tiled houses and is located quite off the busy Chennai city yet easily reachable for a calm peaceful spiritual journey.

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Lets Get Together with Our Head and Heart

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Pic Credit – Keshav

Of late thoughts of this nature haunt my mind. Have we made our life too complex to live? Do we have the time to be on our own into those beautiful moments of solitary refinement to introspect and gain those wise insights of absolute wisdom? Privacy has become a public entity. We can live those moments without bothering about our child who is yet to come back from school but not without the mobile phone that was just misplaced. Everything is getting digital and the world is becoming totally virtual sans any personal face to face interactions. Meaningless communication, unseen posts and random forwards have become the idea of keeping in touch but the big question here is do we really connect? Do we enjoy the togetherness we feel when we meet each other in Whatsapp? Do we get that warmth that we treasure when we hold each other’s hands when we like and comment in Facebook? The answer is a Big No.

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Now let us move to the pleasant side of things. It is the season of Navaratri in Tamilnadu, a  celebration of 9 evenings culminating on the 10th day, Vijayadasami.

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Know Chennai Pettais and their Century Old Unique Identities as Special Trade Zones

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Radio jockeys and scribes are seeking celebrities for quotes on why Madras is special. They also depend on historians for facts and figures related to erstwhile Madrassapattinam. But one part of Madras is neither reported nor documented. Kosapettai, Pudhupettai, Chindatripettai, Vannarapettai, Saidapettai, Kanamapettai, Krishnampettai and Tondiarpettai are often forgotten though these pettais have unique identities and for centuries have been hubs for specialised trades. These are the places that really allowed cultural and ethnic diversity to spread when the coastal town expanded as city.

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Know Aadiperuku, a Celebration to Honour Our Water Resources

Our festivals coincide with specific occurrence and intend to remember and celebrate nature which has bestowed us with its resources. We strive to bring in interesting and valuable information on such festivals for the benefit of our readers. Aadiperukku is an unique South Indian and specially a Tamil festival celebrated on the 18th day of the Tamil month of Aadi  which occurs between July 15 and August 15. The festival coincides with the annual freshes of the rivers and to pay tribute to water’s life-sustaining properties. It is celebrated near river basins, water tanks, lakes and wells etc. of  Tamil Nadu when the water level in the rises significantly heralding the onset of Monsoon.

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Nanmangalam Forest Area to become Naturalist Paradise Soon

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Only a few decades ago no one quite knew what to do with the sprawling  scrubland that is the Nanmangalam Reserve Forest (NRF) ,   but  not anymore.  It is all set to emerge as a nature lover’s preserve. Thanks to the nearly  Rs 3 crore  government fund, the state forest department is in the process of  finalising the modalities of  preserving the forest  . Topping the list is a plan to erect a compound wall around  a sizable portion of the now porous forest, which lies on the Tambaram-Velachery Main Road in Chennai .

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Do You Know Valluvar Kottam Chariot is the Replica of Thiruvarur Chariot?

English: Valluvar Kottam at Chennai, India is ...

You can go to the Valluvar Kottam and this famous poet saint looks alive in the huge statue dedicated to him at this place. In the Thirukurral, there are 133 chapters of immense significance. There is a big auditorium and has the accommodation capacity upto 4000 people. This is the wonderful memorial and has been made by the 3000 stone blocks. Thiruvallur was a great scholar and poet, the noted author of Thirukural. The experiences of the book are quite marvelous and it has provided to be the big insight for the men. Very famous people of India and the world are inspired by this book and indeed it is the masterpiece of literature.

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Know our Divine Sri Ramakrishna Mutt, Mylapore

Ramakrishna Mutt Temple, Chennai

Like to spend time to meditate or have a pleasant early morning walk in the gardens? This is the ultimate relaxation place you can find in and around Chennai. It is a very quite place, where people are not allowed to even speak at meditating hours. The Universal Temple of Sri Ramakrishna located within the premises of the Ramakrishna Mutt in Mylapore is a standing monument dedicated to Sri Ramakrishna, a symbol of Universal Religion. The temple’s architecture blends with the traditional South Indian Temple architecture.

At the centre of the shrine is a 7 feet tall statue of Sri Ramakrishna. Carved out of pure marble, it depicts the image of Sri Ramakrishna, seated on a marble lotus. It also houses shrines for Sri Sarada Devi and Swami Vivekananda. The main entrance presents a magnificent view with its structure built on traditional Dravidian architecture.

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Thanks to Poet Vennila, An Unnoticed Gem Historian P.Sivanadi and His Works Becomes Visible

History often repeats itself. In this case, it literally has. The 15-volume Indhiya Sarithira Kalanjiyam — a monumental document of world and Indian history from 1700 to 1840 A.D. by historian P. Sivanadi — has been reprinted in concise eight volumes thanks to the efforts of poet A. Vennila.

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Know Our Own Mamallapuram aka Mahabalipuram

Mamallapuram, to the south of Chennai on the Tamil Nadu coast, is a marvellous town of temples carved out ofrock. 

SHORE TEMPLE, 8TH century. It is one of the finest examples of Indian structural stone temples. The Nandis along the outer wall seem to greet and invite one into the sacred space within.

WHILE the early western Chalukyas ruled in present-day Karnataka, by the end of the 6th century A.D., the Pallava rulers from present-day Andhra Pradesh extended their control southwards over much of Tamil Nadu. They created the first large empire of South India. It is from the time of the rule of the Pallava king Mahendra, from A.D. 600 to A.D. 630, that numerous inscriptions have been found and Pallava history is documented.

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